The anodized red rim made only for tubeless tyres which, thanks to the Ultra-Fit Tubeless system, can adhere perfectly. Therefore eliminating the dispersion of energy to the complete benefit of speed and performance. Weight is saved by milling the rim. Very great attention was focussed on the wheel's dynamic behaviour: it is no coincidence that asymmetrical drilling was chosen to permit better spoke balancing, leaving sufficient space for the disc brake and sprocket set. A freeride wheel like the Red Fire certainly cannot overlook strength. That is why we chose a sole solution: the adoption of the thru-axle for the rear wheel too.
from Novato, California, USA
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2011
Strengths: Strong. These are wheels that you can run for an entire season of Downhill racing and riding and not have to replace a rim or spend much time truing. Straight pull spokes keep the wheel stiff, which helps while trying to get to the best lines on the track.
Tubeless ready. These rims work really well with Maxxis tires, and with sealant can cant be inflated with a standard floor pump. Which is nice when you are traveling or do not have access to an air compressor.
The freehub has great engagement and hasn't failed. These wheels will not leave you stranded.
Weaknesses: The Red Fire wheels are tubeless ready and come with a presta tubeless valve. You have the option of removing the valve and running a standard tube and tire setup, but I wouldn't recommend it. These wheels were intended to be run tubeless. With a tube you may find that the rims are too hard and you will flat often.
They are also a little on the heavy side, but you have to factor in that you shouldn't be running a tube, which makes your overall set up lighter. With these wheels set up tubeless they are pretty competitive in weight, but I would still like to see them lighter with the same strength.
If you are a privateer racer or just looking for a set of wheels that will last through endless rough downhill runs, these wheels are for you.
Run them tubeless with Maxxis tires and don't look back.
I give them an excellent value rating, because they will last a lot longer than most other downhill wheels.
Also an outstanding rating on the overall for outright performance and ease of use.